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Today's Opinions

  • WHAT WE THINK: Minimum wage bump deserves our support

    The concept of paying a more equitable dollar for the lowest-level jobs in our economic scale is not new. This idea of raising the minimum wage was a political football long before President Barack Obama kicked it into the end zone during his State of the Union address and House Bill 1 ran it into the public consciousness of the Kentucky legislature.

    And most Kentuckians – if not most Americans – think it’s about time to take that step.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Vicky Wise’s return to her commission seat

    We were pleased last week to see the smiling face of Vicky Wise back in her seat for the Simpsonville City Commission’s meeting.

    Ms. Wise, the longest-serving commissioner, has been absent from that chair for about a year as she battles ongoing and significant heath problems.

    She attended the ribbon-cutting for the city’s new downtown sidewalks late last year, and that was like a homecoming. But that also has been her only public appearance.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Vicky Wise’s return to her commission seat

    We were pleased last week to see the smiling face of Vicky Wise back in her seat for the Simpsonville City Commission’s meeting.

    Ms. Wise, the longest-serving commissioner, has been absent from that chair for about a year as she battles ongoing and significant heath problems.

    She attended the ribbon-cutting for the city’s new downtown sidewalks late last year, and that was like a homecoming. But that also has been her only public appearance.

  • OUR WORD: In defense of Judge Myles

    We read with great interest the opinion piece in last week's paper regarding Family Court Judge John David Myles (“Judging a judge,” My Word, Feb. 12). The portrayal of Judge Myles could not be further from our experience with him and his court.

    Judge Myles was always prepared, professional and fair to all who appeared before him. He is a passionate advocate for children, education and families. Add to that a loyal friend, devoted husband and hard worker.

  • MY WORD: Being educated about education

    On Jan. 15, the Leadership Shelby 2014 class focused on educational opportunities in Shelby County.

    The trip, arranged by class members Ryan Allan and Tommy Hurt, started at the Shelby County Board of Education and took us to Shelby County High School, Collins High School, East Middle School, Wright Elementary School, Cornerstone Christian Academy and Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Shelby Campus.

  • MY WORD: Being educated about education

    On Jan. 15, the Leadership Shelby 2014 class focused on educational opportunities in Shelby County.

    The trip, arranged by class members Ryan Allan and Tommy Hurt, started at the Shelby County Board of Education and took us to Shelby County High School, Collins High School, East Middle School, Wright Elementary School, Cornerstone Christian Academy and Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Shelby Campus.

  • MY WORD: Being educated about education

    On Jan. 15, the Leadership Shelby 2014 class focused on educational opportunities in Shelby County.

    The trip, arranged by class members Ryan Allan and Tommy Hurt, started at the Shelby County Board of Education and took us to Shelby County High School, Collins High School, East Middle School, Wright Elementary School, Cornerstone Christian Academy and Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Shelby Campus.

  • MY WORD: You aren’t entitled to wealth

    We hear and read something every day what a 1920s song had to say about the distribution of wealth: “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

    There’s another one from that era with a lyric that says “It ain’t necessarily so.”

    I remember a quote from Lee Nor Mack, a former city council member at the ribbon cutting of the housing project in West Shelbyville. Someone said to Mr. Mack, “This is a great thing for your people isn’t it?” which was the most politically incorrect thing to say.